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John Waters is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Original Music Composer and Series Writer American born on 22 april 1946 at Baltimore (USA)

John Waters

John Waters
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Birth name John Samuel Waters Jr.
Nationality USA
Birth 22 april 1946 (78 years) at Baltimore (USA)

John Samuel Waters, Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the Dreamlanders—among them Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Edith Massey. Starting with Desperate Living (1977), Waters began casting real-life convicted criminals (Liz Renay, Patty Hearst) and controversial people (Traci Lords, a former pornographic actress).

Waters dabbled in mainstream filmmaking with Hairspray (1988), which introduced Ricki Lake and earned a modest gross of $8 million in the US. In 2002, Hairspray was adapted to a long-running Broadway musical, which itself was adapted to a hit musical film that earned more than $200 million worldwide. After the crossover success of the original film version of Hairspray, Waters' films began featuring familiar actors and celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Edward Furlong, Melanie Griffith, Chris Isaak, Johnny Knoxville, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor, Kathleen Turner, and Tracey Ullman.

Although he maintains apartments in New York City and San Francisco, and a summer home in Provincetown, Waters still mainly resides in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where all his films are set. He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache, a look he has retained since the early 1970s.


In 2009, he advocated the parole of former Manson family member Leslie Van Houten. He devotes a chapter to Van Houten in his book Role Models published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in May 2010.

In 2011, John Waters visited Lake Forest College to give a speech, and was interviewed by the professor Davis Schneiderman.

An openly gay man, Waters is also an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride.

Waters was a great fan of the music of Little Richard when growing up, claiming that ever since shoplifting a copy of his song "Lucille" at the age of 11, "I've wished I could somehow climb into Little Richard's body, hook up his heart and vocal cords to my own, and switch identities." In 1987, Playboy magazine employed Waters to interview his idol, but the interview did not go well, with Waters later remarking that "it turned into kind of a disaster."

Best films

Hairspray (2007)
(Original Film Writer)

Usually with

Vincent Peranio
Vincent Peranio
(15 films)
David Lochary
David Lochary
(11 films)
Mink Stole
Mink Stole
(20 films)
(15 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of John Waters (68 films)

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Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, 1h23
Origin German
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about sexuality, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Silas Howard, G. B. Jones, Bruce LaBruce, John Waters, Jayne County
Roles Self
Rating67% 3.3808053.3808053.3808053.3808053.380805
Plongée dans l’univers déjanté du queercore, un mouvement punk qui dans les années 1980 et 1990 a renversé les codes de genre. À son origine, les Canadiens Bruce LaBruce et G. B. Jones, respectivement gay et lesbienne... Dans les années 1980 et 1990, un mouvement underground venu d’Amérique du Nord plonge dans tous les excès : le queercore. Avec ses fanzines, ses spectacles punk déglingués et ses pornos expérimentaux, ce mouvement plein d’humour et d’irrévérence centré sur l’identité queer a dessiné une troisième voie entre un mouvement LGBT plutôt sage et une scène punk largement masculine, hétéro, voire aux tendances homophobes. À son origine, les Canadiens Bruce LaBruce et G. B. Jones, respectivement gay et lesbienne. Le premier est aujourd’hui un artiste reconnu, à qui le MoMA a consacré une rétrospective en 2015.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, 1h32
Directed by Walt Becker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, David Cross, Amy Poehler
Roles First Class Passenger
Rating49% 2.486922.486922.486922.486922.48692
When Dave plans to propose to his new girlfriend in New York, the Chipmunks come to believe that he's going to get rid of them afterwards. In an attempt to stop him, they go on a road trip, with a time limit of only 3 days.
Suburban Gothic, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, John Waters
Roles Cornelius
Rating55% 2.750892.750892.750892.750892.75089
Unable to find a job that utilizes his new MBA, Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) is forced to move back home to live with his parents. His mother Eve (Barbara Niven) is ecstatic about this and can't wait for him to arrive, while his father Donald (Ray Wise) believes Raymond to be a complete and utter disappointment and frequently berates him about this. To make matters worse, it seems that most of his high school classmates stayed in town and none of them are willing to let him forget that he was previously an overweight loser with a belief in the paranormal. Raymond does manage to connect with his former classmate Becca (Kat Dennings), who works as the local bartender. Things take a turn for the strange when the body of a young girl is unearthed in his parents' backyard during some construction, which ends up awakening a spirit intent on harvesting the souls of everyone in the town.
I Am Divine, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur l'homosexualité, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Divine, Jayne Mansfield, John Waters, Tab Hunter, Ricki Lake, David Lochary
Roles Self
Rating74% 3.7442753.7442753.7442753.7442753.744275
Le documentaire retrace la vie de Glenn Milstead, dont le personnage de Divine a été sacré « plus belle femme du monde ». Petit garçon timide, jeune homme complexé, il découvre les bars gays puis le travestissement. Un voisin passionné de cinéma, John Waters, le fait tourner dans ses premiers films. Avec ses amis habilleur et maquilleur, Milstead crée le personnage excessif et scandaleux de Divine qu'il interprète dans les films Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs et Pink Flamingos. À la fin des années 1970, il se lance dans la chanson et fait plusieurs tournées aux États-Unis et en Europe. Il revient au cinéma en 1981 avec Polyester, puis dans Lust in the Dust de Paul Bartel et Wanda's Café. Peu après le succès de Hairspray, il meurt d'une crise cardiaque dans son sommeil.
Excision (2012)
, 1h21
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Films about sexuality, La sexualité des mineurs, Comedy horror films
Actors AnnaLynne McCord, Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Jeremy Sumpter, Malcolm McDowell
Roles William
Rating61% 3.051143.051143.051143.051143.05114
The film depicts the life of a disturbed and delusional high school student, Pauline (AnnaLynne McCord), with aspirations of a career in medicine and the extremes to which she goes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. Pauline has a younger sister named Grace (Ariel Winter) who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Pauline has vivid dreams about herself and others being mutilated with excessive amounts of blood; and after each dream wakes panting in an orgasmic state.
Mangus! (2011)
, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Jennifer Coolidge, Leslie Jordan, John Waters, Heather Matarazzo, Deborah Theaker, Laura Spencer
Roles Jesus Christ
Rating45% 2.2898552.2898552.2898552.2898552.289855
Mangus Spedgewick is a typical high schooler living with his war veteran father, Mangus Sr., and neglectful stepmother, Raquel (Deborah Theaker), in a little town called River City, in Texas. It is a family tradition for the young male Spedgewicks to portray Jesus in the town production of Jesus Christ Spectacular, and Mangus is very excited about the upcoming auditions. Mangus auditions with other boys, including a talented and flamboyant classmate, Farrell Williamson, who is the mayor's son. Mangus lands the role, but that night, when he goes out in a limo with his friends, Timmy and Kimmy, there is a terrible car accident. Timmy and Kimmy are cut in half and Mangus loses the use of his legs.
Kapyong (2011)

Genres War, Documentary
Themes Political films
Actors John Waters, John Waters
Roles Narrator
Rating64% 3.222423.222423.222423.222423.22242
Hairspray (2007)
, 1h57
Directed by Adam Shankman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about racism, Films about television, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Nikki Blonsky, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden
Roles Flasher
Rating66% 3.3496753.3496753.3496753.3496753.349675
Tracy Turnblad is an overweight high school student living in Baltimore, Maryland ("Good Morning Baltimore"). She and her classmate Penny Pingleton watch the The Corny Collins Show, a local teen dance television show, together ("The Nicest Kids in Town").